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Williamson agrees White Rose return

Kane Williamson will rejoin Yorkshire in 2014 as the club’s overseas player.

The New Zealand batsman, who also bowls handy off-spin, arrived at Headingley on a short-term contract in August and went into this week’s match at Surrey averaging 53 from four appearances in the LV= County Championship.

“It is great news to have Kane on board for next season,” said Yorkshire's director of cricket Martyn Moxon.

“He has settled in well and is a popular member of the dressing room. We have seen him excel in four-day cricket in the short time he has been with us and I have no doubt that he will be a tremendous asset in all forms of the game next season.

“For a young man, he has already gained a massive amount of experience playing at the highest level against the best teams in the world. He should be available for the majority of next season and play his part in our efforts to be successful and competitive in all forms of the game.”

Williamson believes Yorkshire are ready to win trophies after securing the runners-up spot in this year’s championship.

“One of the reasons why I wanted to return next season was the fact that we are on the verge of something special,” said the 23-year-old.

“We have all the processes in place to be successful over the next few years. There are a number of young players coming through that are ready to add competition for places.

“I know all about the history and the traditions of the club. Yorkshire is regarded as one of the great clubs in the game. Even back home it is talked about fondly and in high esteem. It would be nice to be part of the squad that creates its own piece of history.

“The coaching set-up is second to none, not just in this country, but across the world and their enthusiasm and knowledge of the game rubs off on all of us.”

Williamson will tour Bangladesh and Sri Lanka with New Zealand this winter prior to home series against West Indies and India.

However, he expects to spend plenty of time in Leeds when the new county season begins in April.

“I'm not too sure what is planned in 2014 but it shouldn't really affect my commitments with Yorkshire,” he said.

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